Before you hit the road this Thanksgiving, buckle up and designate a sober driver
Last updated 11/21/2019 at 3:31pm
As Illinoisans gear up for one of the busiest travel times of
the year, the Woodridge Police Department announced its plans for a traffic safety campaign focusing
on impaired and unbuckled drivers.
"Holiday traffic brings with it an increased risk for accidents," said Deputy Chief Tom Stefanson. "To
ensure your family makes it to and from your Thanksgiving feast without incident, make a conscious
choice to buckle up and plan ahead for a sober ride home."
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 15 motor vehicle crash fatalities occurred in
Illinois over the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Five of the 15 deaths occurred in crashes
involving at least one driver who had been drinking.
Woodridge Police is partnering with the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement across Illinois
for the increased statewide effort. The high-visibility crackdown will run from Nov. 22 through the
holiday weekend into the early morning hours of Dec. 2.
The "Click It or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaigns are funded by federal
traffic safety funds administered by IDOT. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media
campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has "Life or Death" consequences. Visit
LifeOrDeathIllinois.com for more information.